Photography tips for real estate agents

A picture really is worth a 1000 words - but depending on the quality of a real estate photograph it could be what helps you sell a property or lose out on a potential client.

We take a look at some tips to help you get the best photographs for your next listing:

Go wide

If you can invest in a wide angle camera lense do it - this allows you to capture the full essence of the space. If however, a new lense is outside of your budget then take a step back and capture as much of the room in one photograph. 1. Invest in a wide angle camera lens to emphasize space and create a sense of depth.

Compose Your Pictures to Emphasize Space and Natural Light

Space and natural light are two qualities that home buyers are always looking for. We recommend keeping space and natural light in mind when composing your pictures.

Horizontal or portrait? 

Shoot your photographs in the horizontal or landscape orientation whenever possible.The human eye sees the world in a roughly a 4:3 aspect ratio, though the standard ratio is moving to 16:9. So our brain finds the horizontal/landscape view more pleasing.

Be prepared to dedicate some time to the photoshoot

If you plan out and shoot a property room by room it might take some time. But all the effort will pay off once you see the results.

Emphasize the best feature in each room.

Take a photo that emphasizes each room’s selling point, whether it is the natural light in the room, the spaciousness, or the little nook in the corner that will make buyers curious to see more.

Prepare Every Room You Plan to Shoot

Preparing the Kitchen for a Photo Shoot:

  • Remove everything from the top and doors of the fridge. This includes magnets, business cards, photos, etc.
  • Clear and wipe off the counters. Clean counters look great in photos.
  • Hide dish soaps, sponges, and paper towels.
  • Set up the kitchen or dining table with a nice set of dishes.
  • A bowl of fruit or bouquet of flowers presents nice on the photos.

Preparing Bathrooms for a Photo Shoot:

  • Put down toilet lids.
  • Hide any toiletries that are in the shower or bath, as well as on the counter.
  • Clean mirrors and any glass surfaces.
  • Remove old towels from doors, showers, and bathtubs. Hang a new set of towels that coordinate with the paint or tiles.
  • Depending on the space, a flower or plant can add a nice touch.
Remember that with Entegral's Office Management System you can upload an unlimited number of high resolution photos and virtual tours

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